Bow ties have been around since the 17th century and are one of the few pieces of fashion that have never really gone out of style since their inception. Colors have changed, as have fabric, sizes, and designs, but the enduring nature of the bow tie proves that it is a piece of fashion history that will remain timeless and classic. Thankfully, times have changed to where we now have YouTube tutorials on how to tie a bow tie and pre-tied options. Hooray for the new millennium.
Bow ties seem to be popping up everywhere, from the board room to the classroom. If you’re new to the bow-tie world, a good rule of thumb is that if a necktie is appropriate for an occasion, a bow tie is as well. Of course, bow ties are always an ideal accessory for black tie events and bow ties at weddings and proms MEAN you won’t have embarrassing photos that follow you through life (the short necktie craze has not aged well).
Bow ties give people the opportunity to elevate their look and to stand out from the crowd with bold colors and fun prints. But which bow tie is best for your look? Check out our top picks below and get ready to be a part of fashion history.
1. AUSKY 6 Pack Elegant Adjustable Bow Ties
Show off your fashion sense but venturing away from the classic black bow tie with the AUSKY 6 Pack Elegant Adjustable Bow Ties. Ausky offers collections in a variety of colors and prints and we especially love the set that includes floral and paisley options. Perfect for those who like to wear a different bow tie every day of the week or for the groomsmen who don’t want to be too matchy-matchy, the Ausky set of six has a little something for everyone. The pre-tied bow ties are made with 100% cotton and are adjustable for neck sizes up to 19.5 inches.
Pros: The Ausky bow ties are handmade and come in a variety of print and color options.
Cons: Ausky doesn’t offer sets of the same color or pattern. The bow ties don’t always sit straight and may lean forward on the collar.
2. Bow Tie House Classic Pre-Tied Bow Tie
If you’re looking for a bow tie that works for the whole family, check out the Bow Tie House Classic Pre-Tied Bow. The Bow Tie House offers their wide range of color options in three sizes, including babies and toddlers aged 0 to five, kids and teens aged 6 to 18, and adults. The pre-tied bow tie has an adjustable clasp that makes it easy to put on and get the most comfortable fit. The Bow Tie House ties are made from 100% gabardine, which gives the bow ties a high-end look, but it also means they must be hand washed.
Pros: The Bow Tie House offers 38 color options and the bow ties are all the same style, giving customers the ability to coordinate the look of the tie without having to match the color.
Cons: The baby-sized bow ties are not reinforced and young children may be able to rip the bow tie from its strap.
3. Luther Pike Seattle Bow Ties
If you’re ready to take on the bow tie Everest and tie your own neckpiece, go with the Luther Pike Seattle Bow Ties. The bow ties are made with a sturdy twill weave and single needle stitching for an elegant finish that will go with any tux or dress shirt. The bow ties come in 16 colors and Luther Pike sells matching pre-tied bow ties, pocket squares, and long neckties, making this a great option for wedding parties. Luther Pike also provides step by step instructions on how to expertly tie a bow tie, which fits up to a 19 inch neck.
Pros: Luther Pike uses premium microfiber for their bow ties, which gives the appearance and feel of silk but is more durable and affordable.
Cons: Threads may become exposed after only a few wears.
4. Hisdern Men's Self-Tie Bow Tie & Pocket Square Set
If you’re ready to try out to a new and improved classic style, we recommend the Hisdern Men’s Self-Tie Bow Tie & Pocket Square Set. Hisdern sells three sets of bow ties and pocket square combos, offering a variety of colors and patterns. Present a polished look to the world and show you put some extra thought into your outfit with a matching bow tie and pocket square. Made with 100% silk and a jacquard weave, the self-tie bow tie has a width of 4.3 inches and the pocket square measures 10 inches by 10 inches. The three sets arrive in a box that can be used to store the items or as a gift box.
Pros: The bow tie fits collar sizes up to 19 inches and includes sizes on the inside of the strap to help customers ensure they have the proper fit when using the clasp.
Cons: The self-tie bow tie style is not as convenient as the pre-tied options. Hisdern does not offer as many colors or patterns as other makers on our list.